Located on a scenic, 28-acre campus in Malvern, PA, Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES) offers a continuum of educational, recreational and employment-related services for people with disabilities. VFES staff take a collaborative and holistic approach to each child and adult, recognizing their unique abilities and needs through dedicated teams. Individuals, ages 4-24, come to learn, share, appreciate and respect one another while developing skills necessary to lead successful lives. VFES is committed to helping students and participants develop a strong sense of self-worth to realize their value as contributing members of the community through its two signature programs: The Vanguard School and Adult and Recreation Services (ARS).
Established in 1959,The Vanguard School was the first Pennsylvania-licensed Approved Private School (APS). Vanguard serves approximately 250 students, 4–21 years of age, who require a high degree of individualized attention, clinical supports and intervention, including those with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, speech-language deficits and students who experience social-emotional, executive functioning and behavioral difficulties.
Adult and Recreation Services offers educational and recreational programming for young people, 7–35 years of age, with disabilities and learning challenges. Programs are designed to maximize each individual’s potential in an inclusive, encouraging, enriching and supportive learning environment. Recreational services include camps, respite, social gatherings and retreats. Adult services include employment placement and support through the VFES service, Customized Workforce Solutions (CWS).